Microsoft Office 2010 for free but with advertising

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Microsoft Office 2010 for free but with advertising

Yesterday Microsoft announced an interesting strategy to push its Office suite to more users, and increase it sales.Yes you will get advertising-supported Full version of Office 2010 called as “Microsoft Office Starter 2010” for free.

Now new PCs users, instead of getting a 60-day trial plus MS Works they will get MS Office Starter 2010, which will include only Word 2010 and Excel 2010, but if users want to upgrade to a full-fledged version of Office they need to purchase a “Product Key Card” to activate it.


Microsoft Product key card
Coming to “Product key Card”, a single-license activation card which will be available at OEMs and electronic retail outlets. With this card you can upgrade or unlock full versions of Office 2010 (Home & Student 2010 or Office Home & Business 2010, or Office Professional 2010).

Microsoft also introduced Click-To-Run (a new) technology, which automatically downloads and installs any software patches when connected to the Internet, helping people maintain and keep their Office software up-to-date. Click-to-Run uses virtualization technology so it allows customers to maintain multiple versions of Office. This enables them to try Office 2010 side-by-side with the existing version of Office.

However, MS Office Starter 2010 will not be available for download, but it will be preloaded on new PCs. I think it Would benefit every one if it is available on web, so that it will allow others to try and buy Office 2010.


  1. I personally tend to favour SSuite Office’s free office suites. Their software also don’t need to run on Java or .NET, like so many open source office suites, so it makes their software very small and efficient.